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The Yesterday Machine (1963)

From IMDB: A Nazi scientist invents a time machine enabling him to alter the events of WWII.


Reviewer: ApuAtTheMovies - favoritefavorite - December 28, 2013
Subject: Inspiration for Rocky Horror?...maybe, maybe not...
I had just started watching this and had to pause it at 4:20 (no, that's just a coincidence) because it seems that there were already so many Rocky Horror-type references that I was wondering if Richard O'Brien was inspired by this movie.

- The premise of two teenagers intertwined with a Nazi (German) in this movie, vs. Dr. Frank N. Furter (somewhat German-ish sounding...) in RH.

- Two teenagers stranded in their car, out in the woods...(dressed similarly too).

- "Didn't we pass a (farmhouse / castle) back there..." in the dialogue of both movies.

- The camera emphasizing the "No Trespassing" sign on the fence that they pass through.

- Dialogue: "The flashlight batteries don't work - I forgot to change them" vs. "I KNEW I should have gotten that spare tire fixed".

- The phrase "...there's a light" in the dialogue of this movie, the song with this same title in RH, both occurring at this same relative point in both movies.

...and all this just by the 4:20 mark in the movie...

Was I just imagining this?

Well, after watching the rest of the movie it seems that maybe the tie is not as strong as I originally believed. But it was fun while it lasted...
Reviewer: I_h8_screen_names - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 28, 2013
Subject: The Yesterday Machine
Tim Holt appears as a Police Lt. He was also in "Treasure of the Sierra Madre" with Humphrey Bogart and Walter Houston.
The singer. Oh, the SINGER! It is a toss up which is worse her wig or her dubbed in voice. Now, I ask you, how bad was her real hair and her real voice is they had to substitute them with the atrocities that they used instead???!!!???

The "That Girl" flip on the majorette at the beginning of the film was THE hairdo to have in the mid-1960's.
By the late 1960's girls were wearing their hair as straight as they could get it and parted in the middle.
But, oh!!!!!! We all had this crazy little flip in 1963! It meant sleeping on curlers every night and a can of hairspray a day!
Aquanet probably took 15 years off my life! My poor, poor lungs!
Reviewer: texas1959 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 24, 2013
Subject: Great B Movie
When I was a kid back in the 1960s movies like this would be on the late show on Saturday nights, and we would stay up with a bowl of popcorn and a rootbeer, and a movie like this. It's not a great movie but a fun one. And the opening is toe tapping. So grab a bowl of popcorn and a rootbeer, and enjoy. PS it was made in my home state of Texas.
Reviewer: mandc - favoritefavoritefavorite - July 12, 2012
Subject: Not that bad at all
I liked this movie. Many reviewers nitpick a bit much. For a low budget movie it wasn't bad at all. The cheerleader at the beginning was quite cute - she disappears and they look for her throughout the movie - . Music throughout the movie was of the time - rock and roll and Jazzy stuff. Acting was not the best mostly because these are high school kids and low budget actors. Directed and filmed ok. Yes sometimes a bit cheesy and as stated music not always matching but sometimes music added to the moment. The Nazi mad scientist had ideas that were scary as he wanted to bring back Hitler through time. Early 60's was a scary time to live and Hitler would have made it more so. So really not a bad idea for a scary movie. -as stated at the end "the world has enough problems just trying to make sure we'll have a tomorrow"
Reviewer: phantomofkrankor - favoritefavorite - January 22, 2012
Subject: Time for some organization?
On the film itself: best baton twirling since Lee Remick used that artform to attract Andy Griffith in "A Face in the Crowd."

There is much discussion about the Texan science-fiction sub-genre. I'm starting a list, and ask that anyone with more knowledge than I have please consider adding/updating/deleting. I only included films made entirely in Texas, and ont ones using some locations there (otherwise that brinds in Independence Day, Robocop, and many others). Thanks.
The Amazing Transparent Man
Beyond the Time Barrier (first two both by EG Ulmer)
The Killer Shrews
The Giant Gila Monster
The Dungeons of Harrow
The Yesterday Machine
Night Fright
In the Year 2889
Zontar, the Thing From Venus
Mars Needs Women
It's Alive
Attack of The The Eye Creatures (that's not a mistake)
Creature of Destruction
Curse of the Swamp Creature
Reviewer: ucla1960 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 22, 2012
Subject: The whoha machine
This is histerical.
Reviewer: Vince Werber - favoritefavorite - January 20, 2012
Subject: Night club singer...
I suspect the night club singers voice was over dubbed in total... not just the singing. Gut feeling really but something about the voice does not 'fit' the 'body'. The 'baton girl' was much more entertaining... and I didn't see a single piece of military surplus or ham radio gear that I have in my collection thus the low rating :-) cheers
Reviewer: cosmico - favorite - January 19, 2012
Subject: Where's Larry?
As far away from this as possible for his sake, no doubt!

This er, film sits in the gutter side-by-side (or as they say in Rhode Island, "side-by-each") with such meaningless clunkers as CREEPING TERROR, THEY SAVED HITLER'S BRAIN, and MANOS: HANDS OF FATE. I suppose it's um, fun, but at least Larry's films usually had something real to say, if you were observant enough to read the subtext between the lines (see Rob Craig's amazing book, "The Films of Larry Buchanan: A Critical Examination").

Perhaps YESTERDAY MACHINE is competent enough technically for its time, budget, and location, but overall this painful cinematic brain fart is a "WTF!?" exercise and precious little more.
Reviewer: skybandit - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 27, 2011
Subject: Where's Larry Buchanan?
He should be in the credits. It's a bogus movie, badly acted and directed, and set in Texas. Carol Gilley, Bill Thurman, Robert Bob Kelly, Bob Brown, Patrick Cranshaw and Charles McLine all went on to work for the Schlockmeister. Had the same feeling of of deja-vu on "Night Fright."

I gave an extra star for the Mad Scientist. If I had to choose a single example of "Nazi Mad Scientist" out of all the B movies I've ever seen, THIS would be it. Apologies to the ghost of Peter Sellers, but this old coot manages to edge out Dr. Strangelove!
Reviewer: picfixer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 19, 2011
Subject: Lone-star Nazis
If you were an evil Nazi scientist who wanted to bring Hitler back to life, what would be your ideal location for a secret underground laboratory? Why the middle of Texas, of course.

Is this a good movie? Absolutely not! Is it a must for bad movie lovers? Definitely! All you need to know about the plot is there is one. All you need to know about the acting is there is a little. True lovers of atrocious film making (and the occasional masochist) will watch this thing from beginning to end. Weaklings should - after watching the baton twirling exhibition - fast forward to the nightclub scene. Once you're satisfied that you've heard the worst torch song ever written, fast forward a long way to the Nazi scientist's lab. You should be safe from this point onward, provided you wear a chinstrap to keep your jaw from falling off. Have fun.

FOOTNOTES: A better print is available from Netflix. Other Texan contributions to the cinematic arts include "The Giant Gila Monster" and "Mars Needs Women." Both produced in the lone star state with great gusto, or er…something. Finally, if you wanna see Hitler's head in a jar, find a copy of "The Madmen of Condoras."
Reviewer: joeyneutrino - favoritefavoritefavorite - February 2, 2011
Subject: I was Surprised
For such a cheap piece of drek, the Professor's monologue on the mechanics of time travel is unexpectedly elaborate and pieced together. It's a brave attempt at legitimizing the Movie's plot, much more so than the glossed-over explanations of time travel in a lot of other more mainstream sci-fi movies. For physics buffs it's worth it just for that scene alone. And the actor playing the Professor helps make up a little for everyone else's thespian shortcomings.

Another comment I'd care to make is that the high contrast of the original VHS source coupled with the sparseness of all the sets makes it seem at times like a kinescope recording from the early days of television.
Reviewer: Dr Feel Rotten - favoritefavorite - January 30, 2011
Subject: Dig them jazzy tunes daddio
To bad the night club singer looks like a drunken prostitute in her singing debut in the movie and then is given some utterly horrible lines then delivers them like a 3rd grader in the christmas play.
The script wasn't all that bad, but the dialog left a LOT to be desired.
Still, not all that bad a flick if you ignore the ineptitude throughout the movie.
"Oh Jim..My sister is out in the horrible darkness and those dogs..they sound so terribly ominous!"
Has anyone EVER spoken that way? Oh readers, this movie was made in those terrible times and this's so horribly ominous!
You know when the girl is twirling a baton while her boyfriend is fixing the car to start the flick it's gonna be a dog. And the writer wasn't very good at basic math. One guy says about the hat manufacturer, "The building burnt to the ground in 1869 and was never rebuilt. It's been non-existent for over 100 years!" The movie was released in 1963...
Can you even imagine if the POLICE got their grubby hands on a time machine? We would all be doomed.
Reviewer: accalaurie49 - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 23, 2010
Subject: I liked the Music
The music does not always match what we see on screen (one teenager running through the darkness, highly threatened by some guys shooting at him, and what do we hear? Cool Jazz!), but mostly it creates an atmosphere of suspense.

The acting was adequate. The mad nazi scientist was great, somewhere between Dr. Strangelove and Adenoid Hynkel without uniform. With has long explanation how the principle of time travel works he lost not only his captive but me also.

From where did they get his uniformed guards? Did the casting crew make a trip with the "Yesterday Machine" to Neanderthal?
Reviewer: billbarstad - favoritefavoritefavorite - September 21, 2010
Subject: "Please remain calm!"
This is a low grade mad scientist movie along the lines of Lugosi films like The Voodoo Man or the George Zucco film The Mad Monster.. The high point for me was Jack Herman's performance as Professor Von Hauser, the Nazi scientist, which brought to mind Dudley Manlove's performance as Eros in Plan 9 from Outer Space or Kenneth Mars' performance as the Nazi in The Producers. While most of the story is more of less coherent, it's left to the viewer to figure out how the police found out about Professor Von Hauser and his time machine. Sigh.

Definitely worth watching if you enjoy funny bad movies.

I downloaded the 691MB DivX file. It's a good VHS rip.
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